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A letter from the SGA executive vice-president

December 12, 2012

, Beacon Correspondent/strongWhat’s the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do in college?Pay for it. At least, that’s the answer for me, and I would guess, lots of other Emersonians.I think we all have it on our minds. Still, college affordability is something nearly every elected Student Governm...

The march of the Imperial Walker

December 12, 2012

We’re two weeks into the Chedder revolution of Wisconsin. Students, much like those here at Emerson, have taken it upon themselves to stand up against their government, “walk like an Egyptian,” and protest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan to strip public unions of their collective bargainin...

Conglomerated fashion

December 12, 2012

When on the subway or walking through the city, you are exposed to people from many socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures. This can often be reflected in the clothing one chooses to wear. Looking around, it's apparent that the "bohemian" look of casual, comfortable clothes is at...

Finding the right candidate for 2008

December 11, 2012

In an opinion piece that ran in The Beacon's Oct. 6 issue, I recently made the argument that, for strategic reasons, the Democrats need to shift back toward the left if they hope to win elections. The question posed here, however, is quite different. Rather than focus on what ...

The Inadequacy of Irony: Why Ridicule and Protest Don’t Mix Well

December 11, 2012

 If you are one of the people at Emerson who have followed the fight in Wisconsin over this year’s budget (all 10 of us), you may have noticed the attention paid to the protest signs by TV news and blogs in the form of top 10 lists, photo galleries, and highlight reels.While there were thousands o...

Reflecting on Obama’s State of the Union speech

December 11, 2012

On Jan. 20, 2009, President Obama announced a "new era of responsibility.” It is unfounded and impetuous for anyone to conclude that the past two years have been a letdown for the American people. It is easy for us to acknowledge the failed policies of the eight year Bush administration, and to sweep them ...

Putting away partisanship

December 11, 2012

I ask because I'm disheartened at the liberal opposition to the War in Iraq. Know that when I speak of "the left" or "liberals," I am including myself in that group.,"When did the left trade in its humanitarianism for isolationism? When did it stop being concerned with ...

Emerson students need more heart for the homeless

December 11, 2012

Emerson Student A: God, homeless people are so gross.Emerson Student B: Ugh, yeah, why can’t they just leave us alone?Chances are you’ve either participated in a similar conversation or overheard one yourself. Emerson is located smack in the middle of the city and walking past homeless people is...

Journalism department should change with industry

December 11, 2012

 Three weeks ago I left the journalism department.Many of my classmates and friends were shocked. Journalism is my “thing.” Over the last two years I have obsessively studied the art of the perfect lede, the ethics of protecting a source, and the legal loopholes of libel lawsuits. I work a desk jo...

Obama’s Supporters need to revive their vigor

December 11, 2012

“At 11 p.m., the wild rumpus began on Boylston Street as Emerson residence halls spewed forth throngs of students who marched down the street toward Copley Square.”Emily Carroll wrote those words in the Beacon on Nov. 6, 2008, two days after President Obama’s election. People were electrified. Stu...

God has Darwin on the Run

December 11, 2012

Earlier in the year, there was the tragic story of Terri Schiavo. For weeks the media and even the country's lawmakers were focused on the tug of war between Schiavo's husband and her parents over her right to die.,"Americans are too uptight about religion. It seems that at least once ...

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